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Title

Karatjimba - Kangaroo

(1948)

Artist

Unknown

Australia

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  • Details

    Other Titles
    Kangaroo
    Karatjimba - the kangaroo
    Place where the work was made
    Groote Eylandt Northern Territory Australia
    Date
    (1948)
    Media category
    Bark painting
    Materials used
    natural pigments on bark
    Dimensions
    35.6 x 64.7 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Gift of the Commonwealth Government 1956
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    9264
    Artist information
    Unknown

    Works in the collection

    937

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  • About

    Although the artist knew that the Kangaroo belonged to the creation period, and that his totem places were situated somewhere west of Blue Mud Bay, he was not aware of either their exact location or of any associated songs.

    [The Kangaroo] illustrates the Kangaroo, Karatjimba (Macropus sp.) eating some herbage which it is holding it its hands. The cross hatching of designs on the body is an attempt to represent the fur.

    [Charles P. Mountford, 'Records of the American-Australian scientific expedition to Arnhem Land vol.1: Art, myth and symbolism', pg. 67]

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Groote Eylandt

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 4 publications

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